Like me, you might’ve seen the panoramic images from NASA's Curiosity rover and been impressed. I was so impressed, in fact, that I decided to take the same technology to Earth. This project is a series of interactive images of some of Earth’s spectacular mountain and winter landscapes. The GigaPan robotic camera mount developed by NASA and Carnegie Mellon University is one of the technologies central to my project.
Snow and ice are part of Earth's winters, but rare and precious when discovered on other planets. While finding areas of surface liquid water on another planet would be a momentous accomplishment, most success so far has consisted of locating water in its 'transitional' forms - ice, vapour, and the like - such as on Mars, Jupiter's moon Europa, or in the atmospheres of planets in other solar systems.
Global climate change and a vanishing winter on Mars isn't something we have to worry about, but then again Mars is also very dry, with hardly any ice or snow to be seen. I hope my project will give an appreciation for snow, ice, and winter, while at the same time it explores a more artistic interpretation of panoramic imaging technology.
Jan 28, 2013